College Counseling Videos
Video Talks with Liz. This is a series of short videos, 30 seconds to about 3 minutes in length, published every Tuesday. Each video will speak to important points on the college admissions and financial aid process that you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned each week and join Liz to gain valuable insight into each of these daunting journeys.
Waiting for the Common App to become available to begin working on it? Watch this Tuesday Talk with Liz to get started on this now.
Saved money for your children’s college education and did so with a 529 account? How does this affect your Expected Family Contribution? Watch this Tuesday Talks With Liz and see how these funds are viewed.
So, you receive your financial aid award letter and are confused about what monies you are actually receiving to pay for your child’s college education. Be sure you understand everything that it states since it can be deceiving in funds you don’t have to pay back and those that you do. Watch this video to gain insight on what is beneficial and what may not be beneficial to your bottom line.
Can you receive merit and need based aid and how much will a college give? Watch this Tuesday Talk with Liz and gain a greater understanding of this process and how it can vary from school to school.
Don’t ever judge a college by its sticker price! Watch this weeks Tuesday Talks with Liz and go with her down the path of the Adam’s family and how the sticker price of 4 colleges may differ from their bottom line, net cost. Note: This video is a bit over 5 minutes in length but well worth your while.
Can you get more money from a college after receiving your financial aid award letter? Watch this video to understand your options.
If you are in a blended household, how does the Step Parents information get considered in the student’s Expected Family Contribution calculation and will it help or hinder the final outcome? Watch this video to gain insight on the importance of the step parents information and how it can affect your bottom line.
There are approximately 300 colleges in the US that require a family to complete the CSS Profile to evaluate institutional aid. Watch this video to find out what factors are considered when completing the CSS Profile in evaluating the student’s financial need and what funds they will be awarded.
What does it mean when a college reads a students application “Need Blind” vs. “Need Aware”? Watch this to see how your financial profile can help or hinder your chances of acceptance.
There are approximately 300 colleges in the US that require a family to complete the CSS Profile to evaluate institutional aid. Find out what factors are considered when completing the CSS Profile in evaluating the student’s financial need and what funds they will be awarded.
Thinking about taking a Parent PLUS loan through the Federal government to help pay for your child’s college education? Watch this video to better understand what that means and how it can affect you for decades to come.
How much can a Federal Direct Student Loan help in paying for college, whose loan is it and when do I need to begin paying it back? Get the details on how it all works.
Who completes the FAFSA when parents don’t live together? This critical information could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in financial aid if you choose the wrong path.
Wondering how your untaxed income will affect your financial aid?
Understanding your assets and what to and what not to report is critical to your bottom line and could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Understand the devastation this can cause if not reported properly.
Ever want to know how your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated? Gain insight into this complex calculation.
So how is your Expected Family Contribution calculated? Understand the 2 methodologies used for this calculation, kicking off your financial aid journey.
So you’ve received your award letter and “Work Study” is listed as a line item to fund your education.
Understand how “financial need” is defined and how this number relates to what you can receive from a college. Remember, all colleges are not created equal.
If you learn nothing else about the financial aid process, know what “EFC” stands for and what it means to your financial aid picture.
Understanding the fundamentals of anything is essential and financial aid is no different. What is COA, the Cost of Attendance?
So you know with 100% assuredness that you won’t qualify for any financial aid therefore you don’t need to complete that confusing FAFSA form. STOP!
Are you in a blended family where your Mom or Dad has remarried and they are completing the FAFSA, the federal government form required to receive financial aid?
How do you make the final decision on where you will attend college?
You want to help your child pay for college by withdrawing funds from your retirement account. Before you do so, watch this video and find out how that can adversely affect and reduce your ability to get financial aid.
Want to take out a Federal PLUS (Parent) loan to help pay for your child’s college education? UPDATE: Interest rate for a Direct Student loan is now 3.76% and a PLUS loan is 6.31%.
Do you understand what the CSS Profile financial aid form is and what it entails to complete?
If you are separated or divorced make sure you know which parent should be completing the FAFSA – Not doing this properly could cost you thousands of dollars in financial aid.
What does a college’s financial aid priority deadline mean to you and how meeting it vs. not can mean thousands of dollar’s to your child’s college bottom line?
What affect will yours and your child’s assets have on your families Expected Family Contribution to their college education?
How do colleges begin to view your financial aid profile deciding on how much aid, if any, you will receive?
When do you need to apply for financial aid?
As we embark on the financial aid season, understanding what your “EFC” means is imperative.
Do you need a student resume when applying to colleges? Watch this video to understand if and why every student should have one.
Colleges don’t accept students, they accept applications. Gain insight into the importance of how you present yourself through your application package.
Gain some insight to where to begin, what works and what doesn’t when it comes to your college essay.
When I ask my families what is their greatest worry about the college process, every time, without fail, finding the right college pops up to the top.
Financial Aid and your family’s “defined need” – How do you know how much a college will cover if you qualify for financial aid?
Fact or Fiction: I don’t need to visit schools prior to getting accepted.
Learn about the different pieces to take into consideration and how to sift down to your eventual list.
Fact or Fiction: Suzy loves this school so I will too.
Extracurricular Activities and What Colleges Are Looking For.
Your GPA and Test Scores and Getting Accepted to College
I’m often asked, when should I start my college admissions process? The answer is yesterday!
Do you need to know what you want to major in when you are applying to college?
Do you think your child will graduate within 4 years when they head off to college?
Fact or Fiction – Receiving Emails from colleges
Can you attend a private college for a state school cost of attendance?
Important points on the college admissions and financial aid process that you won’t want to miss.